Sri Lankan arrested in Pakistan
April 18, 2015 12:16 pm
With the Zarb-i-Azb operation underway in North Waziristan Agency, the Peshawar Police launched a massive search operation on Sunday, arresting more than 118 illegal residents, including a Sri Lankan national, from the posh Hayatabad Township bordering Khyber Agency.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Najeeb-ur-Rehman said more than 700 police officials, including lady police personnel, took part in the operation. Sniffer dogs were also used in Phase 6 and 7 of Hayatabad Township area raids.
He added that the operation in North Waziristan tribal region was also a reason that the suspects may intrude in posh Township areas, Pakistani media rpeorted.
The operation started at about 5am and was launched after the paramilitary forces received a tip-off about the presence of suspects in the area.
Station House Officer (SHO) of the Tatara police station Riaz Khan said that the operation was divided in eight phases.
He added that most of the suspects in Hayatabad were living illegally or could not provide identification documents. An investigation to determine their identity is underway.
He further added that the operation was also conducted to sensitise people about the present Tenant Law and identify illegal residents living in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s capital Peshawar.
The government has recently introduced a new Tenant Law according to which every person living on rent in KP should register themselves with the local police.
They are required to provide complete details of their family members and No Objection Certificate (NoC) to the concerned police station.
Previously, a number of suspects living in parts of Peshawar including Hayatabad had been arrested, which prompted the KP government to enact a law in order to trace the illegal residents in the area.
Last year, Peshawar police decided to conduct a thorough search operation in all the streets of Hayatabad and adjoining cantonment areas and check the houses for arrest of outlaws keeping in view the increasing crime ratio in the posh locality.
An official source said that major problems had been created by illegal Afghan nationals who were residing in Hayatabad and frequently visiting Afghanistan.
Cantonment Circle Superintendent of Police Kamran Faisal told Dawn that the decision to launch a clean-up operation against criminals had been taken to ensure protection to lives and properties of the people and get a clue to the kidnapped people. He said that gangs involved in the targeted killings and extortion would be one of their main targets.